Texas sues Biden administration in long-running bid to overturn federal mask mandate for public transportation
“Biden’s repeated disregard for the individual liberties of Texans is not only disrespectful to the U.S. Constitution, it’s also embarrassing that a president thinks he can act above the law while hard-working Americans” , Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “President Biden cannot continue to rule by executive orders. Now is the time to rescind his administration’s air travel mask mandate.”
Plaintiffs are asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction against Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two agencies named as defendants in the lawsuit.
CNN has contacted HHS for comment. The CDC declined CNN’s request for comment.
The lawsuit is the latest attempt to overturn Biden’s order, which requires travelers to wear masks on planes, buses, trains and boats, as well as at airports and other transportation hubs.
In July, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the conservative High Court members, rejected an emergency request to block a mask requirement brought by a man seeking to leave Florida by plane who said his generalized anxiety disorder prevented him from wearing one.
The man, Lucas Wall, also alleged that the policy was unconstitutional and violated various regulatory authorities.